The red plumber has become self-aware. Mario AI, a project created by students from the University of Tubingen in Germany, makes Nintendo's mascot both aware of his environment and responsive to your advice.Read More
Researchers at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have built an "ape-like robotic system" that moves just like our closest living ancestors.
Advances in the restoration of vision have been fascinating to see, pardon the pun. Argus II relies on an external camera mounted to a pair of glasses, powered by an external processor. However, the Alpha IMS system, Developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, uses electrodes placed within the patient's retina, re-engineering the human eye into a prosthetic.
Having been rigidly opposed to the idea of utilising goal-line technology in football, FIFA president Sepp Blatter now openly admits the technology is vital for the beautiful game to move forward (better late than never, Sepp). Now, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved goal-line systems that determine to put an end to the 'was it/wasn't it' furore greeting each close call, let alone the 'What if?' scenario that tends to arise immediately after.
Had to be quite a brave chap to do this. Four quadrocopters propelled a human into the skies, and into the aviation history books last week in Germany.
Plenty of fantastic achievements have been made with some copters, motion sensors, gyroscopes and some intuitive design and programming; but to make a craft which could be ridden is something that didn't really cross our mind, probably because of the vain possibility of a Mortal Kombat-esque fatality of dismemberment and further dismemberment of the aforementioned dismembered through the collection of propellors you see surrounding the partakee.